Bruce Brown, curator of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, who managed to assemble an extraordinary private collection of art over the last quarter century, will give a gallery talk about Contemporary Prints and Photographs from the Bruce Brown Collection at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville on Sunday, February 16. The talk will begin at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Contemporary Prints and Photographs, an exhibit of works by internationally recognized artists, is on view at the museum through March 23.
Brown, a retired schoolteacher from Freeport High School, started collecting artwork in the mid-1970s and since 1977 has focused on contemporary prints. He has acquired more than 170 prints and 55 photographs. Initially he collected works primarily from Maine artists but eventually began to collect prints from national and international artists.
Contemporary Prints and Photographs from the Bruce Brown Collection features more than 100 prints and 40 photographs from the most accomplished and innovative artists from the last 50 years. The collection is noted for placing in close proximity the works of local and internationally known artists, such as Georg Basilitz, Kiki Smith, Chuck Close, Vija Celmins, Susan Rothenberg, David Hockney, Richard Serra, Richard Diebenkorn, Sol LeWitt, Terry Winters, Anne Harris, Louisa Chase and Robert Rauschenberg. Brown also recently began collecting the works of Maine photographers. Forty works by photographers including Melonie Bennett, Rudy Burckhardt, Melville McLean, Tillman Crane, Paul DAmato, Judith Ellis Glickman, Todd Webb and William Wegman are on view.
Colby museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For information call 207-872-3228 or visit the Web site at www.colby.edu/museum.